1 Dead After Tornado Rips Through Metro

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A severe storm that roared through the Twin Cities metro area has killed at least one person, damaged homes and businesses and hospitalized 22 people.

Several tornadoes were reported by trained weather spotters to the National Weather Service starting about 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The strength of those tornadoes wasn’t immediately clear.

The storms hit the western edge of the Twin Cities then moved northeast, leaving debris across Interstate 394 and Highway 100 and reports of a funnel cloud near Forest Lake northeast of St. Paul.

Trees were ripped from the ground in several north Minneapolis neighborhoods, including 12 to 18-inch limbs in Theodore Wirth Park. There were also reports of damage to Brooklyn Center, Blaine and Fridley.

Minneapolis Police are asking that all non-emergency personnel stay out of the north side of Minneapolis at this time. Emergency vehicles are experiencing problems entering the area due to traffic. An apparent tornado ripped through the area, taking the roof off one home. Several trees were also uprooted and damaged homes. Some buildings have completely collapsed.

Minneapolis Police have also issued a 9 p.m. curfew for the north side of the city as emergency crews continue to work at the scene and assist storm victims. From 9 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday, residents from Penn Avenue to Interstate 94 and Plymouth Avenue to Dowling Avenue are being asked to stay inside their homes. Police will have extra patrols around the city throughout the night.

Fridley Police said there have been no fatalities or injuries as a result of the severe weather. Authorities said there is significant structural damage to several businesses and homes. A series of rail cars were also tipped over near 44th and Main St. Authorities said live power lines are down and people need to stay away from the area.

Minneapolis Police said a shelter has been set up at the Northeast Armory at 1025 Broadway St. NE for people affected by the storm. Shuttle buses are picking people up at Fourth Precinct, located at 1926 Plymouth Avenue. A Family Assistance Center has also been set up for those who have not accounted for loved ones who may have been affected by the severe weather. Residents are asked to call (651) 268-8537 for information.

WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman Reports

The Salvation Army has set up a mobile kitchen for tornado victims at 25 37th Avenue NE in Fridley. There is also a crew in north Minneapolis that has already served as many as 650 meals to victims.

North Memorial Hospital reported that 27 patients have been admitted due to tornado-related injuries. Of those, 18 are minor injuries. Region’s Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center reported they have not had any patients yet with storm-related injuries. A local hospital has also closed due to damage from the tornado. The North Memorial Clinic – Camden Physicians office in Minneapolis is closed until further notice, and patients with appointments there are being transferred to the same facility in Plymouth. Patients are asked to call (763) 225-5100.

Xcel Energy officials said that as of about 8 p.m., 11,000 customers remained without power. Most of those were north Minneapolis and west metro customers.

Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Keith Ellison will tour the damage in North Minneapolis at about 9:45 a.m. on Monday.

Funnel Cloud Makes Apparent Touchdown In North Metro

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Slideshow: Twin Cities Tornado Damage

  • Annie

    Is the tornado gone?

    • Ricky

      No. Keep hiding Annie.

      • jfscsd331

        Nice One Ricky…!

    • Blaine Resident

      Sad that you think that – for us that live where it happened, we appreciated it! I’m SURE you could do MUCH better, that’s why you’re on here commenting and not on the radio. Shameful commenting.

      • SCR


  • The Crux of the Biscuit

    Last I heard it was around 35w and Lexington up in Circle Pines

    • gooberhamm

      is the apostrophe.

  • Whitney Sinister-Stitches Nielsen

    My aunt and uncle got hit! It took down a giant oak tree, smashed their cars and created multiple gas leaks in their house.

  • Jackie

    I disagree.. I listened to the broadcasting while in shelter and appreciated it greatly. And the play-by-play was incredibly helpful. What would you have had them do? I recommend you change the channel.

  • Tom


    • Tom

      no um seruios

      • Shannon J

        looks like it has cleared for now Tom… no mention if any more are coming


    denise what r u talking about

  • Gracie

    you people need to experience a tornado and then let’s see how funny YOU think all of this is……..

    • Good Ol Boy

      What an odd comment, Gracie. One might suggest you spend less time responding to comments you disagree with by hoping they too get decimated by a tornado, and more time saying something worthwhile.

  • Neighbor of N. Mpls

    factdealer – four words for you… karma is a bxxxh.

    • star

      all you guys are VERY judgemental of people who use welfare and section 8. i know some people who are on it right now that are on it becuase they lost thier jobs and have two young children. Try putting yourself in their shoes…. No job, no house and children. What would you do? They are trying to find jobs but have no such luck so far. I agree america is ugly becuase no one cares about anyone anymore. all they care about is themselves. Would do suck up your pride and ask for help inlcuding welfare so your children can have a roof and food? I know some people abuse it but not everyone. People like you guys who are condesending an jugement make me sick.

      • TryingToBeRational

        1. If you think welfare is stealing, then it would be useful to look at how welfare works. The public library system that our taxes affords us offers many resources.
        2. It is hard to find a job. If you have been fortunate to have one consistently, then please consider being thankful for the employment and considerate of those who haven’t been as fortunate.

        • TryingToBeRational

          You are welcome to your opinions. But you claim to have facts.
          Can you cite some of them? Can you offer any evidence that the majority of people on welfare have 5 fatherless babies?
          For that matter, can you offer any evidence that I’m not currently employed, factdealer?
          Look — I get it. Times are tough on everyone. But surely we can be compassionate with one another.

          • Joe

            You’re wasting your time with this one. They can’t see anything through their own veil of goodness and righteousness.

          • Frank

            You don’t know. You ASSume.

      • Give them a chance


      • Art

        @ @star. In a tight job market it is a lot harder than you think. Employers can demand specific skill sets. Unskilled jobs can be picky. Look on snagajob.com. about 100 entry level jobs in the food business, about 100 jobs at the retail level. Since assistance is based on need I don’t think it will reduce assistance by much.

  • lady gaga lover

    it is sunny in elk river

  • donna

    why are you being so critical? If you don”t like some thing get off your fanny and do something. Help some one.

  • Shannon J

    Such hateful comments when people have just gone through a tornado… no wonder other countries call us “ugly Americans.” Can’t even be nice to our neighbors after going through something like this!

  • bella

    omg lightning just struck my house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Good Ol Boy

      One might speculate how odd it is to immediately post a comment on a news story after having your house struck by lightning. Is this really the most important place to share such trivial information?

      For future reference, you may want to shut your computer and electronics down and unplug them instead. I’m just sayin…

  • murphy

    enough with the TV coverage already!!!!

  • booty

    i hope not

  • joe

    lol nope no humans hurt

  • Jaqi

    So poor people don’t work and won’t clean this up, but when tornadoes, floods, wildfires etc, burn up nice places, there’s always federal Disaster Relief and people set up collections?

    • Ray

      Jaqi… the cleaners just called. They said your “White Hood” is clean and ready to be picked up.

      • Ray

        Sorry to Jaqi. Her quote was misread. My venom and disbelief at people’s ignorance should be directed elsewhere. Sorry agaIn Jaqi!!!!!!

    • karegirl

      Seroously? Who do you suppose OWNED those homes? Even if they were rentals, the people living there have lost their homes. Please do not generalize the people that live in that area. Just because somebody is on public assistance does not mean that this is not a horrible tragedy for them. Give it up, pal. Just so you know, I am a middle aged, single woman who works a professional FT job and do NOT live in the devastated area. I am NOT on public assistance, and I would NEVER think that just because somebody MAY be on assistance, that I would NOT pitch in to help. We are all human beings.

      • TryingToBeRational

        Why would you assume that your tax money was somehow unique? It’s great that you’ve worked 22 years and paid for your share of the benefits we all enjoy, but why would you assume that others haven’t?

      • Neighbors help neighbors

        Thank you.

        I walked around the area today. People were outside helping each other. Some of those people were likely on public assistance. It didn’t matter. They helped their neighbors.

        • northhood

          If you were looking in North Minni you must have been hallucinating

  • Gary Lee

    Cleanup will be like it always is after a tornado. Some people will make excuses and tasteless remarks, and others will roll up their sleeves and help. Each person gets to choose which type they want to be.

  • Jaws

    Why don’t we get you to clean it up?

  • only1

    I think everyone has a valid concern and are all entitled to their opinion. Please don’t lump people into groups such as “section 8 people” “welfare people” or “northside people”, I can assure you not all of them are like that and it is unfair to say so. Even if you don’t want to help others by lending a hand, please don’t wish harm on other human beings.

  • Minnesota Devils

    Video of the Forest Lake tornado looking East from the 35W/35E junction.

  • Bubba

    @ factdealer. You know that they don’t work as a fact? Or were you looking in a mirror ?

    • Stacy

      I assume that since his name is factdealer, he has actually checked all his facts quite scientifically. The fact that my husband and myself are both employed must really be OUR oversight. I mean if factdealer SAYS we’re not working, we must not be,

  • Stacy

    Jason, would you fill me in on where the non-wicked live? My realtor forgot to mention I was going to burn in eternal hell for choosing a house on the Northside. No wonder the closing costs where so reasonable!

    • Good Ol Boy

      My neighborhood has a decidely lower volume of “non-wicked” than N.Mpls.

  • Charlie Severson

    Wow. I can’t believe some of these comments. You know, I am not currently nor have I ever been on public assistance of any kind, however, many of the people who are on it are VERY hard-working. I have personally known people who work up to four jobs out of necessity and still need help because lots of the jobs out there barely pay more than minimum wage. Sure, there are those who abuse the system, but that can be said about any government program.

    Why should it matter what “class” society assigns them? They are human beings, and they should receive the help necessary to recover from this.

    Those on here who are complaining about that are all hypocrites. You say you think it’s sad that “those people” are taken care of, but I’ll bet if this happened to you, you’d be crying for help right away. Again, your perceived “class” shouldn’t entitle you to less in this kind of situation.

    If police weren’t telling us to stay away, I’d be up there helping right now. I’m thankful for what I have and am very sad to see that so many of you either take what you have for granted or simply don’t care about others’ painful losses.

    • OMG

      You reveal how ignorant you are

    • Frank

      The part of Minneapolis north of downtown and 394 has about 40000 citizens. You think they are all on welfare or other forms of assistance? Your lack of knowledge is outstanding. And bully for you that you picked a career that has steady work. Tell that to the trades people who would be more than happy to be working. Sometimes things in your career path don’t go smoothly. Of course if you have been flipping burgers as McDonalds, you can always get those jobs. If you worked as an aerospace engineer, McDonalds might not hire you as even they can be picky.

    • Silly

      Silly person.

  • carla

    I was considering moving to the cities for my Masters program, however, after reading the comments on how the folks there talk so ugly about their neighbors, i think I will find a different location. I’m glad I found out now. I hope the rest of you are able to get help with the clean up and that there were no injuries.

    • Joe

      Aren’t you just pathetic, with your unhelpful response. Maybe you’ll end up unemployed and regret your flippant attitude.

    • Jim H

      you are looking at perhaps one of the smallest samplings of MN and Minneapolis people by reading the comments here. It’s not like the Twin Cities are a perfect utopia. Of course you will find negative people, especially on a website’s forum. To write off the millions of people from the comments of at most 60 people is a very poor way to judge a potential college location.

      To everyone affected by the tornadoes, I wish everyone the best and hope those injured recover well.

  • Concerned

    I was working for less than $9 an hour, and more than willing to do what I had to, but the job market is still recovering. You speak like someone who has plenty of experience and work history in a strong industry, so I question if you have the right to make a comment like that.

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